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Jon Meyer

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  • From Here to Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Jones
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood...and, possibly, their death.

    aaron says: "Genius on Every Level"
    "A story so strong, even the narrator can't ruin."
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    What made the experience of listening to From Here to Eternity the most enjoyable?

    This is an atmospheric experience that I read the first time in high school. You get pulled into worlds clouded with cigarette smoke and sweet with frying bacon and eggs. Jones does such a great job you can practically smell the perfume of the girls at the New Congress Hotel. All of this makes it so hard to stomach the mispronouced names and words by the narrator. Its like being shook awake out of a pleasant dream with cold water. It wrecks concentration and is just plain distracting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Milt Warden, G Company, First Sergeant. I have known men of quality like him. I suspect James Jones did too.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator has a fine voice, but who ever produced it needs a pronunciation guide to 1940s Americana, to say nothing of the lexicon of the US Army and soldiers.


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